Goff Makes UMRA History at Anderson; Tharp, Chapman, Edsall and Robbins Also Score Feature Victories
Fortville driver Terry Goff made history by recording the 116th win of his UMRA midget career at Anderson Speedway on Saturday on Last Chance Wrecker Night.

Goff passed his nephew, Johnny Goff with an inside pass coming off the fourth corner and went on to record his fourth consecutive win of the year and fifth of the season.

The win gave Goff sole possession of second place on the UMRA win list snapping a tie with Rick Meyer. Ronnie Ambrose holds the UMRA record with 134 wins.

Johnny Goff took the lead on the second lap but his uncle moved into third with an outside pass.

Terry Goff moved into the second spot with an inside pass of his son and then grabbed the lead from his nephew.

Scott Petry started last in the 12-car field and was running fifth after six laps and moved into fourth after 12 circuits with an outside pass of Brandon Gray on the front straight.

On lap 20 Petry slowed and pulled into the infield and Gray made contact with a lapped car, hit the outside retaining wall on the back straight and rolled over. Gray was uninjured.

Terry Goff led a Goff family sweep of the top three position followed by his son, Jason and nephew Johnny. Doug Roland and Robbie Roland rounded out the top five.

“We have a pretty good set-up here,” Goff said of his victory. “It means a lot to pass Rick Meyer, he was one of my idols growing up. I always wanted to be as good as Rick.”

Rickie Tharp led the entire 20 laps to capture the Front Wheel Drive oval feature and was pressed over the final half of the race by Chris Teepe.

Behind Tharp there was good racing for the second through fifth positions between Teepe, Brad Bell, Ron Phipps, Gary Bragg Sr. and Jeff Williams.

Williams passed Phipps with an inside move on the front straight to claim the third spot with Jerry Dane rounding out the top five.

Curtis Chapman got inside of James Peterson on the back straight on the third circuit and then for the next 22 laps held off point’s leader Rod Phipps for the victory.

Chapman ran a consistent line with Phipps looking on the outside and an inside for a way to grab the lead. Peterson finished third followed by Randy Hoppes and Bruce McFall.

Tim Peterson took the early lead chased by Danny Stanley Jr., but the two made contact at the crossover on lap three spinning through the infield grass and giving Chapman the lead that he never relinquished.

Elwood’s John Robbins won a race of attrition in the Legend’s division with half of the cars running at the finish that started the race.

Robbins and Taylor Webb passed Ben Rhodes using the inside line on lap seven and went on to record the win.

The race was slowed eight times by cautions, many of them involving front running cars.

Bryan Nuckles spun on lap five while running fourth. On lap six, James Edsall III and David Moyes III spun on the back straight while battling for the lead and on lap 10 Rhodes spun while running third.

Chris Weddle and Doug Dugger made contact in turn three while battling for third.

Robbins and Webb were followed by Andrea Hans, Marty Griffin and Zack Carter.

For Robbins it was his third consecutive win at Anderson Speedway.

James Edsall III passed Al Renner with an inside move entering turn three to keep his winning streak alive in the Last Chance Wrecker Thunder Roadsters.

Renner took the lead and was chased by Edsall from the start and in the middle stages of the race Edsall turned up the pressure. When Renner slipped on lap 19 coming off the fourth corner it allowed Edsall to get inside. The two raced side-by-side until entering turn three.
Edsall went on to win followed by Renner, Chris Weddle, Darrell Brown and Doug Dugger.

The Champion Racing Association Street Stock’s for their third of four appearances next Saturday for a 75-lap feature event. Joining the CRA Street Stocks are the WMDH ThunderCars and the Front Wheel Drive Figure 8 division. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Holiday Inn Express & Suite’s Night at the Races with racing starting at 8 p.m.